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The Thinking Mindset vs. The Doing Mindset: Pick One (And Only One)

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The Thinking Mindset vs. The Doing Mindset: Pick One (And Only One)
You'll find that some days, the ideas come fast and furious. The days when you just want to sit at your desk, stare up at the sky and just let your mind wander. Other days, though, you really want to get moving. You're antsy and you can't really focus on any one thought.

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Thinking or Doing

Thinking or Doing
We have a ‘thinking’ system and a ‘doing’ system – and we’re generally only capable of using one at a time.
  • Thinking requires Diverging(trying to come up with as many ideas as possible).
  • Doing requires Converging (evaluating ideas and figure out which ones are best).

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Get Some Distance

Get Some Distance

Physical and mental distance influence the way you think about things. Distance engages the thinking system

Your workplace environment is strongly associated with getting things done. In order to engage a thinking mindset, spend time working in another place. Change your environment, and you will change the way you think.

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Stand Up and Move

Stand Up and Move

The modern workplace revolves around sitting.

The seated posture reinforces the activation of a thinking mindset.

If you need to jumpstart your doing mindset, get moving. Stand up. Walk around your workspace. By getting up and moving, you get into a converging, action-oriented mode on.

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Experiment with your deadlines

Experiment with your deadlines

The proximity of a deadline can also activate different systems: the closer the deadline, the more your “doing” mindset is activated.

Change your deadlines to get into convergence, the doing mindset.

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